Sunday, July 13, 2014

Alaska Journal #27: Motorcoaching To Anchorage and Beyond

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, Portage Valley

Located 50 miles south of Anchorage at the tip of Turnagain Arm, Portage Valley was carved by numerous glaciers that still straddle mountain peaks visible from the valley floor.  At the end of the valley, icebergs that recently calved off Portage Glacier are visible.

The Chugach National Forest is America's second largest single national forest.

Barrow is the furthest north city in the U.S.

Mt. McKinley (Denali) is the tallest mountain in North America.

The  strongest earthquake recorded in North America occurred in south central Alaska on Good Friday, March 27th, 1964.

The greatest concentration of glaciers in the U.S. is found in Alaska.

Entering Anchorage.

I'll be... 

Another stop along the way.

I don't know what's up with Lon but something sure is.

This is the Hoy's photo of Jackie with a darling puppy.

Too, too cute!

Alaska's Veteran Memorial

A statue of two members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG), carved by Canadian sculptor, George Pratt, stands at the entrance to the memorial.  One of the significant features of the memorial  is unfortunately often missed by visitors.   Although Denali (Mt.  McKinley) is often shrouded in clouds, the binoculars of one of the ATG members is trained on the 20,237 foot mountain which is only 35 miles away at that point. 

Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard.


Laura Maczko said...

Cheryl - I never get tired of looking at all of your beautiful pictures. I surely never realized my love affair with snowy mountains and glaciers. I have enjoyed reading and viewing your blog. AND, I think I finally figured out how to post a comment. Just call me a slow learner. I have copied several of your pics so you may see one or two of them again. Reliving the adventure never gets old. Thx for posting.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

LAURA: Thanks for the support. You did a fine job of commenting here. It came through loud and clear. I wish more visitors would comment here!! But then, of course I do. There's nothing like getting some feedback.

You know you're welcome to any of my photos.

It may not seem like it but I've passed over a whole lot of the pictures I took and selected the best to put on my blog posts. Some are blurry, some are too much like those I do post and as much as I'd like to post them all, it gets quite time consuming. And then, I don't want to bore my friends and family. I can't expect them to be as "in love" with all that I saw in those 11 days as I am.

Thanks for your time and ear, or I should say, eyes!!!

Cap Chastain said...

We two are IN Fairbanks on our way to Manley Hot Springs .. we stopped last night at the Veterans Memorial at milepost 147 on the Parks Highway .. NEVER PASS IT BY .. NEVER .. My Dad was in the Coast Guard .. one son the Army .. one son the Air Force .. and I was an enlisted Marine and a Naval Officer .. got 'em all covered. I worked on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race for a number of years. Last winter I did a lenghty post on it ..

Do you ever go to .. bobba caps doxology .. my Blogspot website? I just did two posts today the 14th of July ..

Smiles from the north in Fairbanks .. NOW we will be off-line for a few days ..

Joy .. Cap and Patti ..

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

CAP & PATTI: Your family surely does have all the services covered!! I can see why you will never pass the memorial by.

I will get to your website ASAP. I know it will be worth my while!!

Enjoy yourselves!!